James Lawson passed away peacefully on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the Delaware Veterans Home. He was born in Austinville, VA to the late Charlie and Elizabeth Lawson. In 1930 he moved to Galax, VA where he would later meet the love of his life, Betty Perry. He served in WWII in the U.S. Army Air Force as a B-17 Gunner in the 486th Bombardment Group,Squadron A, in Sudbury, England, and flew 25 combat missions. In November, 1944 his plane was shot down over Germany. Fortunately he was found and hidden by a German resistance family. It took 3 months, with the assistance of the French underground, for him to be returned to his airbase in England. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Tech Sgt. in October 1945. He moved to Delaware in 1948 where he worked as a Sheet Metal Mechanic for F.O. Dunamon before joining J.E. Workman in 1952. In 1954 he began working out of Sheet Metal Worker's Local Union #19 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of VFW Post 7687, Chesapeake City and a lifetime member of American Legion, Oak Orchard-Riverdale Post 28, Millsboro. He was predeceased by his wife Betty with whom he shared 69 years of marriage. He is survived by his children Patricia Shannon(Richard) of Smyrna, DE, Alice Manzie of Jamesville, NC, James Lawson (Lillie) of Fairdale, KY and John Lawson (Kathi) of Richmond, TX, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will begin at 11:30a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Highway (at Duncan Road), Wilmington, where a viewing for friends and family will be held 1 hour before the services. Burial will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd, Milford, DE 19963 or Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713